US House Freshman Democrat Houlahan Explains Why She’s Pro-ACA, But Anti-Device Tax
Most US House of Representatives Democrats in prior sessions of Congress have been lukewarm in their opposition to the medical device tax, and in the 2018 session, a minority of Democrats voted for repeal. But this year, a large influx of first-term Democratic House members say they campaigned in favor of the Affordable Care Act, which the device tax was designed to support. One of those incoming freshmen, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., explained to Medtech Insight in a recent interview why she is a staunch supporter of the ACA, but opposes the device tax, and would abolish it.
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